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This week's Tip comes from listener Deb from Michigan. (Send in your tip now!)
Deb recommends using an autograph book as a trip journal, where she will use one page for notes and leave the opposite page for character or cast member autographs.
Deb's idea reminded Mike of when he would have all guests that he checked in at Pop Century sign his autograph book. (Mark can't remember when Mike told that story on the Magical Moment Podcast, because it was too long ago.)
Mike mentioned that his manager thought that it was such a cool idea that she kept buying him autograph books.
This week we look at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Mark gave a bit of a rundown of scenes in the show, and also talked about the guest participation as well as the plants in the audience. Mike and Mark talked about the show and whether or not anybody remembers the movies that the attraction is based on, and ended up drifting over to Splash Mountain and whether anybody has heard that it was even based on a movie. They continued on to discussion of Mark's legal copy of Song of the South. (He got a PAL copy froma friend who bought it in Ireland, then had his archival copy made in NTSC format.)
They got back on track and discussed how guests can participate in the show, and also the fun that you can have when you pull the rope going down into the well near the attraction's entrance.
Pull the rope. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
This week we look at the California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Our MousePlanet readers really like the California Grill, rating it 4.0 out of five planets. Our featured review this week is by cactusgirl of Texas.
cactusgirl and her husband were celebrating their tenth anniversary, and got a table in the Wine Room, which was very quiet. She and her husband preferred that to the more public room with a view because there was too much noise for their liking, and they had a fabulous meal.
Mark is looking forward to going back to the Grill and trying it now that Jens Dahlmann has moved over there from the Flying Fish Cafe. He and his wife have always enjoyed the meals that they ate there, even dating back to the old Broadway at the Top meal when it was called Dinner at the Top.
Mike has always intended to eat at the Grill. He had reservations for Valentine's Day one year, but couldn't get a date, so he cancelled.
You can also find the California Grill in our Park Guide.
Vance Cope asked Mark's son: What is your favorite part of the Carousel of Progress?
Mark's son responded that he liked "the future" scene. He had no idea why he liked it, just that he liked it. He also mis-remembered the technology used in the video game. Looks like it's time to get him back into the attraction.
Mark talked about the "friendly GE nuclear power plant down the street" that was in the original script almost 45 years ago, and how much the attraction changed.
Somehow Mike and Mark got to discussing A Christmas Story's final scene in the Chinese restaurant and Mark was talking about the Jewish tradition at Christmas of going out for Chinese food and a movie because there's nobody else there. How do we get into these conversations?
This week's moment came from Jennifer Keyser of Columbus, OH. (Send in your moment now!)
After Jennifer's family had ridden the teacups several times,.they had enough time for just one more ride before the park closed, so they decided to ride the carousel. As they were waiting to get on, a whole load of characters appeared and joined them in line. They all got to ride with the characters and they had a wonderful time.
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